What Is Holacracy? Review Of Social Evolution’s Governance Innovation And Direction


As time has progressed, the need for a new global social operating system has become more prevalent than ever before. In this regard, Holacracy, an organization management system developed by Brian Robertson, seems to be an appealing choice for many forward thinking companies— especially since the OS runs without the need of any central command authority.

It is also worth noting that, over the course of the past year or so, there have been more than 1000 firms all over the world that have adopted Holacracy into their existing governance structures.

Holacracy: An In-Depth Look

As the name seems to suggest, Holacracy provides customers with a governance framework that is decidedly holonic. What this basically means is that any company making use of this platform is able to function dynamically as a living organism.

Additionally, users are not governed by managers, but instead are given their niche’ functional roles within a wider sphere of activity.

In terms of how Holacracy works, the platform makes use of a complex adaptive system that does not employ any command-and-control hierarchies. As a result of this, Holacracy is able to respond with relative autonomy to digital stimuli.

Some of the core aspects of Holacracy include:

(i) Well Defined: The constitution governing Holacracy sets out a relatively fixed set of protocols that make up the products open-source social operating system.

(ii) Meetings: Using the native ‘tactical meetings’ feature, Holacracy allows for group processes to be carried out in a formalized way.

(iii) Data management: All of the data associated with various group meetings gets recorded automatically so that anybody part of the system can see the rules, roles, policies and system interconnections at any time.

What about the scalability aspect of things?

According to Brian Robertson, it is possible for Holacracy to scale up indefinitely. Not only that, in relation to the matter, Robertson was also noted as saying:

“Anarchy comes from the greek “an”, meaning without, plus “arkhos”, meaning rulers. Anarchy doesn’t mean without rules, but without rulers. If you have the right rules, the absence of top-down rulers doesn’t remove order —it simply enables order to emerge dynamically from peer-to-peer interactions distributed throughout a system, one tension at a time. So by this definition, you could describe Holacracy as a rule system for humans working together in anarchy—with rules, but without rulers.”

Final Take

While the benefits of an OS such as Holacracy are numerous, when implemented within a highly complex industrial structure, many of these platforms start to display signs of glitchiness. With that being said, only time will now tell whether Holacracy is the blockchain ecosystem for the future.

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